Boston College is pleased to announce that the Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue Plan has been renewed and will continue to be offered to all eligible BC students for the 2013–2014 policy year, effective August 7, 2013. The Student Blue Plan provides comprehensive health insurance that includes access to Blue Cross Blue Shield's networks and pharmacies nationwide, a fitness benefit, as well as reimbursement for designated weight loss programs and access to their "Living Healthy Naturally" discount savings program. The annual cost is $2,432. Your student account will be charged $1,115 for coverage from August 7, 2013, through January 12, 2014, and $1,317 for coverage from January 13, 2014, through August 6, 2014.
Refer to the 2013–2014 Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue Plan Summary of Benefits and our Contacts and Questions section for more information.
Students who are enrolled in a health plan that is comparable to the Student Blue Plan may waive the BC coverage through their Agora Portal. To provide proof of comparable coverage, a student will need to have information about his or her current health insurance plan readily available. Incomplete waivers will not be processed. Waivers must be completed every year. All waivers must be submitted through the Agora Portal by September 13, 2013, for the entire academic year or by January 24, 2014, for the spring semester only. Students who do not complete a waiver prior to the deadline will automatically be enrolled in and charged the student-only premium for the Student Blue Plan.
Providing insurance information to other offices on campus (e.g., Athletics, Health Services) does not fulfill the waiver requirement. If a student does not complete a waiver with the Office of Student Services, either through the Agora Portal or on paper, prior to the deadline, he or she will automatically be enrolled in and charged for the Student Blue Plan.
International students are not eligible to waive the student insurance plan unless they are covered by a plan underwritten by a U.S.–based insurance carrier. International students may not waive the BC coverage online, but are required to submit a written waiver form. The waiver form can be downloaded from the Office of Student Services website at www.bc.edu/ssforms.
Students who initially waive participation in the Student Blue Plan and subsequently wish to enroll prior to the waiver deadline may rescind waivers on the Agora Portal or by completing the rescind waiver form found at www.bc.edu/ssforms. After the waiver deadline, a student may enroll in the Student Blue Plan only on the basis of a qualifying event. Qualifying events include marriage, birth of a child, or loss of coverage from an existing policy. A petition to enroll after the published deadline can be found at www.bc.edu/ssforms.
Insured students have the option of enrolling their eligible dependents (a spouse or a child under the age of 19). You may download the form from www.bc.edu/ssforms. You may also enroll dependents online at GallagherKoster.com/bc. The deadline to enroll dependents is September 13, 2013, for the fall semester and January 24, 2014, for the spring semester. Enrollment forms received after that date will not be accepted.
Students who are enrolled in the student insurance plan and who are required to take a leave of absence from Boston College for medical reasons will continue to be covered for the remainder of the semester in which the withdrawal takes place. Coverage may also be extended for the following semester with approval from Boston College. Please contact the Office of Student Services for more information.